Questions tagged [wood]

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Using left over pergo boards instead of 2x4 to mount a peg board

I have a set of leftover pergo boards that I want to use as backing for putting up a 8’x4’ peg board. The wall I want to mount them on is concrete. Would pergo boards arranged as in the pic behind ...
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Wood inbetween my windows is rotting, how do I fix this?

I've attached images. Not sure if I should just paint over it with epoxy or replace it entirely. https://files.catbox.moe/sgwt4f.jpg https://files.catbox.moe/rfve7a.jpg https://files.catbox.moe/...
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Swing set strength

I'm building a swing set for my 3 year old. My plan is to make a standard simple A-frame swing from PT timber. I intend to use a similar plan to the one which is shown here Plans for building a ...
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Popping sound from specific spot on floor

Six months ago my wife and I moved into a 2-story pre-owned home, custom build in 2015. We noticed over the last few days there is a spot on our 2nd floor master bedroom that makes a popping sound ...
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Fix a wobbly table

I have a table consisting of a top and a leg. But top is wobbly due to a space/gap between top and leg. What is the easiest/fastest way to fix it? Note that there's no attachment between the top ...
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Painted natural fence. Roughly how long will a 1/2 inch x 2' dried and spray painted Bugambilia branch last in Florida outside if not touching ground? [closed]

The branch was brown, not green and still had some slight flexibility but no water in it. I used Krylon Fusion which I've had really good luck with sticking to everything really well outside. In ...
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Are there major stability differences between simple table legs and plain ones?

I am planning to build simple, large desks for my children. They would be made from a 160x80x22 cm plank and legs. I am not sure which ones to choose: standalone or "plain" (sorry, I cannot find the ...
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suspending a 36x26 solar panel on a single 4x4x12 post (9' above ground 3 feet into the ground)?

I'd like to suspend a 36x26x1 aluminum solar panel 9 feet above ground on a SINGLE 12' 4x4 timber with some 2x4s at the top. I'm in central Florida. Will it be too top heavy? wind issues? it's a ...
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What kind of fastener do I need to attach this securely to the studs in my garage?

So, my wife bought my daughter a "Home Gym Yoga Hammock" which is basically a large swing that she'll do exercises in. The intention is to hang it from my garage studs so she has a place to work out; ...
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How much weight can a 3.5" deck screw hold before pulling out?

I have built a climbing wall in my daughter's bedroom room. There is a portion on the structure that is completely horizontal on the ceiling, it is 36" × 36". The framing consists of 2x4's. I ...
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T-bevel vs Protractor angle finder

Is there something that a T-Bevel can do that a Protractor/Angle driver can't? The protactor is able to give the angle measure which is a plus.
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How can I flatten a warped board on a picnic table?

As seen in picture, one of the pieces of wood is sticking up. The top panels are secured by nails that go through the perpendicular supports. I tried hammer the top of this wood panel back into the ...
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How to decide if an old wood door is worth painting?

I'd like to freshen up an old barn door, to make my lockdown productive. It looks really bad, hasn't been taken care of in a long while, and I wonder if there is anything useful I can do, or if it is ...
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Measuring angle before cutting?

According to the instructions, I have to make a 21.5 degree cut in a 2x4 piece of lumber. Here’s a screenshot of the instructions: My question: can this measurement be done without having to buy a ...
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Incense cedar vs. western red cedar for fence pickets

I'm building a fence with cedar pickets, and I can get pickets made from two cedar species: incense cedar and western red cedar. What I've read seems to suggest that western red cedar is more ...
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Pergola 13x15 floor space what is 2x6 WRC maximum span?

How far span can WRC 2x6 be placed as a pergola rafter/roof? Would be using 5 posts 6x6, 3 in front and 2 at back (connecting to an existing pergola), 4 beams 2x10x18, and need to know if the 2x6 can ...
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Vegetable Garden Fence Design with 2x2 Posts

Let's start with the tl;dr: I'm starting a new vegetable garden and need to put up a fence around it. 16'x12', constructed of wood and metal poultry netting. My goals are to ensure that: Squirrels, ...
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Should the pendulum action on my Bosch jigsaw increase with higher settings?

I recently bought a brand new Bosch GST 8000 E jigsaw and I think that it has a problem regarding the pendulum settings. I made 2 tests with it to see if the pendulum action is good. The 1st test: I ...
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How to smooth/flatten a butcher block

I have an old piece of butcher block that I want to use as a small bit of countertop -- planning to build what is essentially a small kitchen island (18" x 24", based on the size of the butcher block)....
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will A creaky redwood deck “settle in”?

I had a new redwood installed 4 days ago. The old decking was removed and new redwood boards installed. Some of the boards are very creaky. The installer said this is normal and will go away as the ...
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Removing/re-seating threaded rod for cabinet leg

I bought some cabinet legs along with 90 degree mounting plates from Ebay (I know, what was I expecting)... 2 of the legs are good, threads seated correctly, 1 is a little off but I can live with it; ...
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Particular “Screws” Needed for a box

I'm not very good with knowing the names of things in DIY however I know what I need. I'm renovating an old box for the MRS. as a bit of a project. Its missing some parts, they appears to be the type ...
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How to mark measures?

I'm not a very contentious person. One of the most basic things I struggle with in all types of home improvements is how to properly mark measurements. Two examples, to mark the x/y position for a ...
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Is there too much gravel under this deck?

I had a contractor put a layer of gravel under my raised deck. The deck is about 4 feet off the ground and the space underneath it is enclosed. The ground under the deck was dirt with some landscape ...
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What’s this diagonal metal strapping between my studs?

So I’m trying to install a pet door and came across this between my studs. This is the second pet door I install and have never seen this. I’m in the dinning room and the wall is obviously an outside ...
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How to correctly varnish/lacquer all sides of a countertop?

I am about to apply a varnish/lacquer[1] to a fairly non-small countertop (200x50cm). Because it'll be in the bathroom I want to apply it on all sides. I also want to minimize the amount of times I ...
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How to attach single step for deck where deck rim joist is not low enough to overlap step rim board

Similar to this question. I am trying to attach a single step to a deck located adjacent to a patio, a setup which looks like this: I'm trying to figure out how to secure the step effectively. Here ...
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Wood bit vs Forstener bit for cam connector holes

I am wanting to fix my MDF cabinet together with cam dowels and connectors (I rent, so for ease of moving I want the option to flatpack. Of course I will glue up when I get somewhere permanent, don't ...
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Rebuilding fence - lumber questions

I recently bought a condo with a 11'x13' patio with a wooden privacy fence. The fence is in pretty bad shape so I want redo it while we are locked down in our houses. I've read up a ton and just want ...
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4x4 with a steel pipe running through

Given two 4x4's with a 1/2" steel pipe running through the middle, how much weight can the posts support? Is there a chance the wood will split?
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How to construct posts on 15' tall dock

I am working on designing a 2 story dock that will house my boat and have a deck on top. I was planning on constructing the dock using concrete pillars and 6x6's. My original plan was 12" wide ...
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How do I attach twist straps to rafters along the top plate?

I live in a 1950's cape house with a finished attic. The rafters are nominally 2x6. I want to refinish the attic with better insulation and called in a structural engineer to make sure the roof is ...
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Can I hang 100lb boxing bag from wood ceiling beam?

I'm looking to hang a 100lb combat sports banana heavy bag from my ceiling as shown in picture below. Obviously the iron beam is the most stable point, but it's only 7ft high at the low point and the ...
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What amount of wood defects is acceptable in a lumber delivery?

I took a delivery ($200 delivery fee!) from 84 which included eighteen 2x6 studs. Of those, only two didn't have significant defects. About 14 have significant (1"+) wane on two sides. Four have long ...
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What is the best way to remove a broken screw from a deck board?

I used stainless steel trim screws (3 in x 9 gauge) to rebuild our deck and one of them broke off when I was drilling it in. There was about a 1/4 of an inch left (just the shank, no head) but when I ...
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Wood treated with copper green for a vegetable garden

I am planning to build an outdoor planter box to grow vegetables. If I treat the redwood with Copper Green will the vegetables be safe to eat?
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Reinforce awning pole made from 2x4?

I'm building a rudimentary awning with 2x4 treated lumber that I'm not using. One of the two "legs" of the awning looks like this. There's going to be a 2x4 attached to the concrete wall, and two 2x4'...
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load bearing beam is failing

I live in an old house that was barn framed, mortise and tenon joints. One of my weight bearing beams has split on one side where the beam was mortised and the side of the beam wasn't. the side that ...
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Will tripled 18' 2x10 beams carry a tractor over a stream?

I have to build a bridge across a creek on my property. The creek banks are 3 feet above the creek and 14 feet wide. I need to be able to get a 2500 pound tractor over it. I was planning on bolting ...
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Wood around stove pipe

I am thinking about closing the hole that you see on the picture below using wood. The metal sheet will be screwed onto the wood "frame" that I would be building. Is it safe to use wood? The stove ...
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Identify this Screw

What is the name/type of this screw? This screw is used in this manual for assembly of my chest drawer. Here is an excerpt from my assembly manual. Its usage is marked with "F".
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How could one create a man sized cylinder be created with woodworking?

The goal is to create a cylinder shaped, ribbed shell with wood, and what Evers necessary to hold it together. Something like the following image: The idea is that the internal area of the circles is ...
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Building a 60x36 Barn/Tractor Garage/Shop - Question about Structural Integrity

New here! I am a DIYer and I'm looking to build a shed/garage on my property. I designed the structure but am wanting to see if anyone can give me input on the integrity of my design. Basically I just ...
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Tips to get (close to) accurate bevel angle by handsaw?

I'm trying to get a 20° bevel the length of the board (36"). I'm working on a scrap wood project. I've been on an "unplugged" kick lately & finding the extra physical effort of "by hand" to be ...
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What is this rotting wood 'ledge' around my house? Is replacing it something I can tackle? The outdoor trim too?

I have this, for lack of a better word, 'ledge' around the west side of my house ( I'd call it a drip edge but I doubt that's it ) Background: This sun-room space over the once-garage was an ...
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I have built my 3rd homemade slot car track from MDF. Stuck on surface paint

I have finished my 3rd homemade slot car track from MDF. I have sealed it properly all the way. My first 2 tracks used a cheap latex paint for the track surface. This was when there was a higher ...
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How to flatten warped louvered doors?

I reinstalled some louver doors which had been stored in the basement for a while. Its a double-door pair. Possibly because of the position in which they were stored, or perhaps humidity, they have ...
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What's the difference between “Framing Lumber” and “Framing Studs”?

The Home Depot website has these two as categories under Dimensional Lumber. Why would one want to exclude items from one category during a search for wood to use in a project? What is the ...
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How to apply spray-on polyurethane to a textured paint?

I am wanting to spray on coats of water-based polyurethane to a painted wood surface using a HVLP Spray Gun. The painted surface already has textured particles added into it to improve slip-resistance....
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spa + water + marble spa cover + statue + 4 people = 3,500 #

spa + water + marble spa cover + statue + 4 people = 3,500 # 55" width rests on floor covering 4 or 5 2 x 10,s of Douglas fir. Safe?

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